Telescoped Genealogies: Was Rahab the Mother of Boaz?

Recently in a discussion about the Bible’s book of Ruth, this question came up: Was Rahab the mother of Boaz? Rahab, you probably remember, was the Canaanite prostitute who hid the Israelite spies. In the book of Ruth, the young Moabitess Ruth cares for her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. Both are destitute widows. Ruth accompanies Naomi […]

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We Will Bear Fruit

Jesus taught us he is a vine and we are his branches. As long as we remain in him, we will bear fruit, for we have a heavenly Father as vinedresser, pruning and caring for us. It may take time for a branch to bear fruit, but our Father knows what he’s about, and as […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 5

Part five of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story What happens when we know what’s right to do, but doing it is a struggle? I resonate with Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 4

Part four of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story How do we courageously obey God when obedience is risky? I find help in Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately started on his way when […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 3

Part three of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story Years ago I decided that any time I said something negative about someone to a person who didn’t need to know, I would go to the person I’d talked to and say, “When I told you about so-and-so, I was gossiping and that […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 2

Part two of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story Peter Paul Rubens, “The Reconciliation of Jacob and Esau,” 1624 Sometimes doing what’s right brings hardship. An addict who finally seeks help must face all those things he was running from that got him hooked in the first place. Obeying Jesus’ command to […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 1

Part one of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story When I was about 21 and working at a megachurch, a co-worker more than twice my age to whom I didn’t report moved two brown filing cabinets into my cubicle and dropped on my desk a foot-high stack of invoices to be filed […]

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‘The Story’ Guide Book Finished!

I’ve finished The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide and you can get it free here! This guidebook takes you through the overall grand themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It accompanies Zondervan’s The Story, which groups Bible excerpts into thirty-one chapters. The Personal Journal & Discussion Guide adds questions that help you […]

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Getting the Big Picture

I took oil painting lessons from my mother-in-law, Rae, who was quite an artist (the banner at the top of this website is her work). Each week she critiqued my progress and told me what to work on next. One week I added “complementary under layers” (or something like that) to my canvas. Basically the […]

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Disbelief and a Broken Tooth

We found ten-year-old Jackie crying next to the pool, waiting for us. She’d been our foster daughter for just a short time, but she came quickly into our arms. She was still damp and the scent of chlorine clung to her. Gently pushing blond hair from her face, I said, “Let me see, Jackie.” She […]

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“Seek” Book Recommendation

I’ve started many seeker and new believer Bible studies over the years, and this is the book I wish I’d had: Seek: A woman’s guide to meeting God. Too often I’ve used books that lost women in the first two weeks as theological terms bounced about causing more confusion than clarity. That isn’t the case […]

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Joseph: Triumph Over Betrayal

‘La Tunica de Jose’ by Jose Vergara Gimeno (1726-1799), collection of Joan J. Gavara (Valencia) Most of us have been betrayed. Perhaps we were abused as a child, abandoned by a spouse, falsely accused, denied what was promised, lured into trusting the untrustworthy, or deceived into commitment. Betrayal struck Joseph the son of Jacob more […]

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